Event breeders push for better rewards
A questionnaire compiled by the breeding taskforce was distributed to all Eventing Ireland members, asking them about their mare herd, stallions used, marketing of progeny, support for Eventing Ireland breeders, sire selection, and production of event horses.
The 44 replies had a good geographical spread and included replies from senior riders, junior riders, owners of stud farms, and hobby breeders.
Interestingly, all of the replies from senior riders showed that they were all interested in breeding their own event horse.
It was clear that there was a considerable interest in the breeding of 'an eventer' for its own sake, not as a by-product and most responders knew the breeding and performance history of their mares.
It would appear that most mares were related to good performance horses and were from proven families producing show jumpers and eventers.
The majority of breeders said that they sold their young stock occasionally privately, but mostly through sales.
On stallion selection, the breeders would appear to split into two main groups.